Syllabus - GIS and Public Course - Revised 1/26/2010 Date Topic Instructor Due Book 1/21 Introductions, syllabus, GIS history All 1/26 Basic GIS concepts, spatial data characteristics Boscoe 1 1/28 Lab 1: Basics of GIS (Google Earth) Boscoe 2/2 Sources of data; data quality Johnson 2,3 2/4 Lab 1: Basics of GIS (Google Earth) Boscoe 2/9 Cartographic design principles Boscoe 4 2/11 Lab 2: Basics of GIS (MapInfo) Talbot Lab 1 2/16 NO CLASS - Winter break 2/18 Lab 2: Basics of GIS (MapInfo) Talbot 2/23 Data smoothing Johnson 2/25 Lab 3: Basics of GIS (ArcGIS) Boscoe Lab 2 3/2 GIS and Health Services Boscoe 9,10 3/4 Lab 3: Basics of GIS (ArcGIS) Boscoe 3/9 Cluster detection Johnson 3/11 Lab 4: Spatial pattern analysis Johnson Lab 3 3/16 Intro to spatial regression Johnson 3/18 Lab 4: Spatial pattern analysis Johnson 3/23 GIS and Infectious and Vector-Borne Disease Talbot 7,8 3/25 Final project overview/ MIDTERM QUIZ All Lab 4, Final project proposal 3/30 NO CLASS - Spring break 4/1 NO CLASS - Spring break 4/6 Geocoding Talbot 5 4/8 Lab 5: Geocoding Talbot 4/13 GIS and Environmental Health Talbot 6 4/15 Lab 5: Geocoding Talbot 4/20 Lab 6: Data aggregation Talbot 4/22 Lab 7: Image analysis Johnson Lab 5 4/27 Final project presentations All 4/29 Final project presentations All 5/4 GIS Day - SPH auditorium All Lab 6, Lab 7 TBD* Final project presentations All GIS Day writeup *If necessary, additional presentations will be scheduled during the official course exam period (Friday May 7 at 10:30) or another time agreeable to the entire class. EPI 621 - Geographic Information Systems and Public Health T-Th 10:30-11:50 Room C4 and/or new computer classroom Instructors Frank Boscoe (firstname.lastname@example.org) 474-0971 Tom Talbot (email@example.com) 402-7950 Glen Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) GIS Day Coordinator Mike Zdeb (email@example.com) Course Website http://www.albany.edu/faculty/fboscoe/ Labs, course notes, handouts, and some of the readings will be posted here. Grading Labs - 60% (Labs 1 through 5 = 10% each, Lab 6 and 7= 5% each) Midterm - 10% Final project - 25% Project proposal - 2.5% GIS Day written assignment - 2.5% Late work Late labs will be accepted through May 13 but will be penalized the equivalent of one letter grade per each two weeks late. No credit will be given for late project proposals or GIS day written assignment. Snow days In the event of a snow day, one of the April lectures will be cancelled and the balance of the syllabus adjusted accordingly. Collaboration Collaboration and consultation between students and instructors on labs and final projects is encouraged. However, labs and projects require the use of data sets that are unique to each student. Copying of exact lab or project results or midterm answers will result in a failing grade. Textbook Cromley and McLafferty, GIS and Public Health . Guilford Press, 2002.